Cibola Lifts Fire Restrictions In Sandia District- The Associated Press
Thanks to much-needed rain over the past few weeks, forest officials are reopening popular hiking areas in the Sandia Mountains east of Albuquerque. And the city is reopening most of the Rio Grande bosque.
Forest Supervisor Elaine Kohrman says moisture levels in vegetation have increased to the point to be able to limit the spread of wildfires.
Kohrman also says the long-range weather forecast predicts cooler weather and more rain for the area.
Taos Pueblo To Honor Nixon's 100th Birthday - Associated Press
A northern New Mexico American Indian tribe is scheduled to honor the late President Richard Nixon for what would have been his 100th birthday.
The Taos Pueblo is set to pay tribute to the California-born Republican on Friday with a special honor at a pow wow.
Nixon is highly regarded among the Taos Pueblo and other American Indians for agreeing to return to some lands to tribes. In 1970, for example, he returned around 48,000 acres of sacred lands to the Taos Pueblo.
Feds Propose Protections For 2 rare Snakes - Associated Press
Federal wildlife officials are proposing to add a pair of rare snakes found in the American Southwest to the list of threatened species.
The northern Mexican gartersnake and the narrow-headed gartersnake are found in Arizona and New Mexico. Their populations have declined thanks to predators such as nonnative bullfrogs as well as threats to their streamside habitat.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will accept comments on the proposal through Sept. 9.
Crews Contain Blaze In Valles Caldera Preserve - Associated Press
It has taken firefighters a month to corral a wildfire that has burned through the heart of northern New Mexico's Jemez Mountains.
Fire managers declared the Thompson Ridge Fire 100 percent contained on Monday.
The blaze burned more than 37 square miles in the Valles Caldera National Preserve after being sparked May 31 by a downed power line. At one point, it threatened historic cabins and barns at the preserve but crews were able to save the structures.
The injury occurred on the job. A bull mounted a cow, and the worker was pinned against the stall. That led to a bloody and severe shoulder injury, surgery, and an inability to work.
“I went almost one month without work, and then after that, they called me back, but I was in no condition to work,” says this worker. He’s asked us not to use his name because it could jeopardize his ability to find future work in the small, New Mexico town of Portales. “I would bleed at work, and that’s how they had me working at the dairy.”
You wake up at three in the morning. In El Paso. You board a bus, and spend the rest of your day herding livestock, picking chilies, or milking cows. Then, at the end of the day, you’re handed cash for your work, but it may not be enough.
NM 11th Graders Improve In Reading Proficiency-The Associated Press
Gov. Susana Martinez's administration says New Mexico high school students made significant improvements in their reading proficiency on standardized tests this year but there were declines for fourth, fifth and sixth grade students.
The governor on Friday announced the results of math and reading tests taken by 195,000 students in grades 3-8 and 10-11.
NM Mental Health System Audit, Fix Could Hit $21M - Associated Press and The Albuquerque Journal
State officials say the potential price tag for fixing problems within New Mexico's behavioral health system could reach nearly $21 million.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that an audit of 15 providers cost around $3 million to produce. That audit alleged potential fraud and resulted this week in the halting of Medicaid payments and other funding to the 15 nonprofits.
Obama Announces New Council For Native Americans - The Associated Press
Citing a history of mistreatment that has hurt Indians, President Barack Obama has established a White House Council on Native American Affairs to promote a healthier relationship among the United States and tribal governments.
The leaders of 30 federal departments and agencies will serve on the council, which is charged with aiding tribes with economic development, transportation, housing and health care.